New domestic cargo terminal opened at Chennai

Chennai International Airport
Chennai International Airport

A new 1,500 square metre domestic cargo terminal was opened on Friday at Chennai International Airport (pictured above) to meet growing demand, according to media reports in India.

The development was part of a reported investment of Rs 3 crore ($500,000) and can handle about 100 tonnes of freight a day.

Local publications the Times of India and Hindu also report that the operator, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning on building a further three more common user terminals for domestic cargo next year to cater for increasing demand.

Major commodities of domestic cargo handled are said to be light engineering goods, textiles and small electronic goods, but AAI focuses on automobile components and pharmaceuticals.

The AAI is planning a big push in cargo business at Chennai, as volumes have risen 27 per cent this year compared to the same time last year.

Chennai handled 90,423 tonnes of domestic cargo in 2016/17 and a total of 321,952 tonnes of international and domestic cargo, up 51 per cent on 2015/16.